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Juniors News - March 2020
From the Florida Director of Junior Clubs
It's been a very busy start to 2020 as I have been traveling the state continuing to visit clubs. I LOVE visiting clubs and am always so impressed by the projects and fundraisers our Junior clubs are making happen! We truly represent Unity in Diversity! We had a great Junior turnout at LEADS a few weeks ago, and just last weekend the incoming Junior District Directors and District Directors gathered for training as we all look forward the next administration which begins in May. 

THANK YOU to the 21 GFWC Florida Junior clubs that submitted reports. Your club reports are combined with Woman's Clubs & Juniorette Clubs to represent the amazing impact that all GFWC Florida clubwomen have in our communities and our state. And of course we know that our projects spread nationally and worldwide. Reports have been sent to GFWC, award winners have been determined, and the totals are incredible! THANK YOU for living the volunteer spirit!

Mark your calendars NOW for our next state meeting:
May 15-17,2020   
GFWC Florida Annual Convention in Orlando

The Call will be out in the next week. I hope you'll make plans to attend and celebrate a great year and a fabulous 2018-2020 administration, including all we accomplished as Book Heroes and with President Sharon's Operation Smile project. 

So proud to represent you and to serve you  -- 

Shannon Bailey, GFWC Florida Director of Junior Clubs
We are hosting an Usborne Books & More Book Fair to benefit Book Heroes! All book sales will go toward earning free books for Book Heroes, which will be distributed throughout the state to provide books to families in need. You can support the fair by purchasing books for the children in your life - books make great birthday & baby shower gifts. You can also purchase a book to be donated directly to Book Heroes. If you’d like to do this, please select “ship to organization” at checkout. Donation orders and personal orders should be placed separately. All donation orders will ship for free.

Share our shopping link with friends and family, and of course fellow club members! Shop our book fair here until March 20:
In 2004, the membership of GFWC Florida voted to adopt a new state federation logo. It was not used for several years due to trademark concerns, but we are happy now to reintroduce our GFWC Florida logo! It has been updated to include the current GFWC emblem and trademark symbol, and has been approved and meets all GFWC guidelines. 

Our GFWC Florida logo is one that we can use for identity for our state. We encourage you to use the GFWC shield logo and the GFWC Florida logo. Our branding is one of great importance for identity; GFWC Florida has so much to be proud of and we know that using this GFWC Florida logo will help us identify our State and our GFWC Florida Clubs

Please download and use the high resolution logo now available on our website — just click the logo below for the link. There are more use guidelines listed at this link.
Director's Project:
Book Heroes details
President's Project:
Operation Smile details
From the Junior Executive Committee
by Audra Ames, GFWC Florida Director's Aide 

Celebrating May Mann Jennings - Mother of Florida Forestry (1872-1963)

May Mann Jennings was born in 1872 in New Jersey.  Her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida while she was an infant.  In 1873, the Mann family moved to Hernando County, Florida where her father Austin Mann pursued business and political interests, serving three terms as a state senator and as a leader of the national Farmer’s Alliance.  In 1891 May Mann married William Sherman Jennings.  A Hernando County judge, William Jennings served in the state legislature and one term as governor (1901–1904) and the couple had one child.  In 1905 they moved to Springfield, a suburb of Jacksonville, where they made their primary home.  May Jennings expended considerable political acumen and energy on behalf of various civic and social causes. She chaired the Jacksonville Woman’s Club’s civic and public health committees, served as chair of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s state old trail and roads committee, served as president of the Springfield Improvement Association, and chaired committees that aided Jacksonville’s Children’s Home Society, Daniel Memorial Orphanage, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Young Women’s Christian Association.  From 1914 to 1917 Jennings served as president of the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs, the state’s largest women’s organization with more than ten thousand members at the time. As leader, she promoted the establishment of local libraries, parks, and public sanitation and beautification projects.  She led the fight to modernize the state’s reform schools and to create a humane juvenile justice system.  In addition, the federation lobbied to secure compulsory education, child labor, and food and drug laws.  She convinced the Federation to join in the fight for women's suffrage, and also under her leadership, the federation acquired land near Homestead, where it established Royal Palm Park (1916), the state’s first privately funded and operated public park. Royal Palm became the forerunner and nucleus of Everglades National Park (1947).  From 1917 to 1936 while Jennings chaired the federation’s conservation committee, few projects or causes relating to the environment escaped her involvement.  In 1919, she co-founded the Florida Forestry Association, and from the 1920s until her death she worked to save state historic and wildlife sites.  As a founding member of the Florida Audubon Society, she was a lifelong advocate of the state’s pelicans and other shore birds.   From 1927 to 1961 she chaired the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s statewide beautification committee and during those same years she headed the Duval County Highway Beautification Association.  May Mann Jennings was one of Florida’s original suffragists and conservationists, and we are proud to call her a GFWC Florida Federation sister!

(Information taken from American National Biography website)

This month, in honor of Women's History Month and the Centennial of Women's Suffrage, we are reading Votes for Women (ESO online discussion 4/4).  This book is a YA (Young Adult) book, so it's an easier read than some histories, but still quite comprehensive. We've chosen a YA book to encourage clubs to give the book to Juniorettes, give out along with existing youth and educational scholarships, and purchase copies for school and public libraries.  We urge ALL Clubwomen to read Votes for Women in the coming months to educate ourselves about the 70 year battle for the right to vote! Click the photo of the book to learn more. 
Upcoming Club Events
Event hosted by GFWC Seminole Junior Woman's Club  - click photo for link to Facebook event
Event hosted by GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club  - March 28th -- click photo for link to Facebook event
Event hosted by GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman's Club  - click photo for link to Facebook event
Event hosted by GFWC Okeechobee Junior Woman's Club  - click photo for link to Facebook event
Event hosted by GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club - click photo for link to Facebook event
Event hosted by GFWC Pasco Junior Woman's Club -- April 19th - click photo for link to Facebook event
Event hosted by GFWC Naples Junior Woman's Club - click photo for link to Facebook event
Event hosted by GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Club - click photo for link to Facebook event
We need YOU to submit upcoming events and photos of what your club has been up to -- click here to submit and share with all of us.
Club Photos & News
GFWC Williston Junior Woman's Club recently held their annual Miss Williston pageant, a great community event and club fundraiser.  
GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Midtown enjoyed reading books to children at Daniel Tiger Day with the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend! They also held their annual Crawl for a Cause event, which thanks to matching gifts raised $10,000 for PACE Center for Girls. 
GFWC Four Corners Junior Woman's Club held a successful fashion show fundraiser in February.
GFWC St. Petersburg Junior Woman's Club and GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club were honored to receive a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service grant again this year. They donated hundreds of books at several events with the grant from St. Petersburg College.
GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman's Club assembled and donated First Night bags containing socks, underwear, snacks, a plush animal and toiletries for A Kid's Place. 
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